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J.C. McKee

J.C. McKee

Federal (USA)

Assistant Surgeon

James Cooper McKee

(1830 - 1897)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Duquesne College, Pennsylvania Medical College, Class of 1852

Command Billet: Assistant Medical Purveyor

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: Army of the Potomac

Before Antietam

He practiced medicine in Philadelphia, Altoona, and Hollidaysburg, PA to 1857, then was commissioned Assistant Surgeon, USA on 2 October 1858. By 1860 he was post surgeon at Fort Filmore in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. He was surrendered there to Texas militia in July 1861. He was paroled on 30 July 1861 and exchanged in June 1862, returning to duty as Assistant Medical Director to General Pope, Army of Virginia.

On the Campaign

He was Assistant Medical Purveyor of the Army of the Potomac: at Frederick, MD during the Campaign and at Antietam after the 17th of September 1862.

The rest of the War

In 1863 he was Surgeon in Charge at Lincoln General Hospital in Washington, DC. He was promoted to Major and Surgeon on 22 December 1864 and honored by brevet to Lieutenant Colonel in March 1865 for his war service.

After the War

He continued in the Army with service in the West and in New York, and was promoted again, to Lieutenant Colonel and Surgeon on 17 November 1887. He had been injured in an accident, date not given, and retired on disability on 19 June 1891, then at Philadelphia, PA. He lived afterward in Butler, PA.

References & notes

His service from Heitman.1 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, a carte de visite photograph from the Samuel W. Woodhouse Album offered for sale on eBay and contributed by Bill Watts.

More on the Web

He published a Narrative of the Surrender of a Command of U. S. Forces, at Fort Filmore, N. M., in July, 1861 in 1886; it's online from the Internet Archive.


05/18/1830; Butler, PA


12/11/1897; Butler, PA; burial in Calvary Cemetery, Butler, PA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 671  [AotW citation 28647]